Mowry Conservation Area is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Smithfield, Rhode Island that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
127 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


bird watching





A Zen-full Woodland packed into 44 acres. This shady 44 acre retreat given to the town by S. Burton and Mary Mowry (the Mowry family owned it since 1845) offers something for just about everybody: a stocked trout stream, a picturesque place for picnics, stone walls, marked walking trails that begin just beyond an arching footbridge, and, for the history buffs, much stonework that remains from the 18th century forge, for which Forge Road was named, and a sawmill. In spring and summer, water still tumbles through the old dam creating a miniature but thoroughly delightful waterfall. Squirrels, chipmunks and birds abound in the picnic and stream area, signs of deer and other wildlife can be found farther from the road, and muskrats and an occasional otter frequent the tiny pond just above the old dam. Hemlocks and pines, many of them very old and tall, dominate the lower area where an orange-blazed trail makes a short loop. A longer yellow-blazed path, accessible from the orange loop, runs up a steep ridge and back through hardwoods of several varieties and mountain laurel.. It returns through pines and ends near an old dam.

25 days ago

a very nice trail. only marked muddy cause it was still misting when i went. took the yellow path. river blocked alot of urban noise until you start to incline above it but even then it was barely there. lots of roots and very clean

2 months ago

great first trail trip.

3 months ago

This area is a gem! There are not any long distance trails but it is clean and serene... and the river is spectacular.

4 months ago

Great little trail. One of my favorite spots to take my dog on a quick hike. Very scenic with slight elevation changes. Overall a very easy trail for all. I just which the loop was a few miles longer

5 months ago

Great trail. Went first week of December. Was quiet. Well marked path and very scenic. Wonderful river and has numerous parts that gain elevation. Challenging for young kids. Great trail. No parking lot, but area to pull over into.

5 months ago

An awesome trail.the only reason I did not rate all of them is because there was no parking spot. But I love this trail!

10 months ago

Beautiful area to walk/hike! Fairly easy with a few steep and narrow areas to hike through. The only thing that would make it better was if it was longer but otherwise beautiful area; was great for both our small and medium dogs.

Monday, May 14, 2018

We took the yellow trail and although I would do it again, a warning to those who haven't done it before. The path gets steep and narrow. Had my 4 and 8 year old with me, and although they maneuvered just fine, it was slow going a little bit. Also nothing to see but a beautiful brook at the entrance, trees and a whole lot of mud.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Very nice trail with decent variety and a beautiful brook and small bridge, my wife and 4 year old enjoyed it very much. Easy to follow markings, took us about an hour at an easy pace.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

One of my favorite trails so far. Very well marked. Some rock formations and a lovely bridge. Great for dogs on a leash and people of all skill levels. Perfect for kids. It's a short hike but you can loop it several times if need be.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

lovely walk with a bit of elevation. Quite short though. Stream is nice, but it's right at the beginning of the walk so somewhat close to road.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Great quick trail. But watch out for ticks. We pulled a ton of of ourselves when we were there a week ago.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Beautiful! I only gave this 4 stars because of the length. This trail is well marked and kid friendly. Make sure to visit the other side of Old Forge Rd,

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cool mix of trails/farm path but really short. Steep hills were ok for a 4yr old but likely too much for a 2 year old

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nice short hike. Tricky slopes make it slightly challenging.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nice trail, well marked. It was short but that worked for our pug who doesn't do well on long walks. Definitely easy as far as difficulty goes.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Nice trail. I would not rate it as 'easy' though....some steep rocky hills early on....a few narrow and muddy areas to navigate through. Beautiful scenery and well marked. We did the yellow diamond trail. We will return to try the red trail. We did this hike on a 52 degree February day. With all the rock ledges I can guarantee you will see some snakes in the warmer weather

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